GOOD MORNING: Michael Jackson’s New Year’s Eve gig is for the Sultan of Brunei. The tab: 1 million bucks. The place: the Sultan’s Brunei theme park (which is considerably bigger’n Michael’s Neverland in Santa Barbara County). The guest list: all the Sultan’s subjects. … Jackson’s not the first performer to get the fat fee — Whitney Houston also took home a million bucks from Brunei. Jackson then heads home with a stop in Honolulu Jan. 3-4 at the Aloha Bowl where he is a record sellout. His expectant wife, Debbie Rowe, has resumed her day job at the BevHills’ doctor’s office where she first met Jackson. Michael is skedded to head out on another European tour in ’97. The baby is due in Feb. Where? “Wherever he (Michael) is,” I was told. … As I reported here Sept. 25, Billy Friedkin’s 1997 “12 Angry Men” for MGM TV-Showtime will star Jack Lemmon. Now the cast continues to round out at favored nations’ $ 100,000 fees for four weeks’ work for: Karl Malden, Ossie Davis, Hume Cronyn, Tony Danza, Edward James Olmos, Mykelti Williamson, Charles Dutton, James Gandolfini. Friedkin told me the black actors in his cast are in roles originally played by whites. And Friedkin says Reginald Rose’s “classic” script with its theme of “reasonable doubt” is changed only for modern references. Filming starts Feb. 10 at Raleigh Studios. Meanwhile, Friedkin is also now writing the script of “The Diary of Jack the Ripper” for New Line. … President Clinton’s inaugural suit is being designed by Amir, whose salon in the BevHills Hotel has seen to fit stars of showbiz as well as the diplomatic world. Amir’s longtime friend George Mitchell set up the dinner meeting for Amir with the President in San Diego last month.
HOLLYWOOD PREMIERES I have m.c.’d over the years have produced some very interesting star arrivals in horse-drawn chariots to the longest of long stretch limos, but this year, some of the “Daylight” stars will arrive in conveyances to put smiles on the environmentally minded. Several stars will drive up to my stand at Mann’s Chinese in a car that has no engine, no valves, no exhaust, no muffler and no smog checks. It’s GM’s EV1, consumer-available electric passenger car which will also be on display at the post-preem party where Bruce Roberts and Donna Summer will perform “live.” … Kennya and Stephen Baldwin welcomed home daughter Hailey Rhode, born Nov. 22, three weeks early, in Tucson. … Lynn and Roger Neal welcomed twins Roger Allen Jr. and Bianca Hope Nov. 22 at Fountain Valley. … Thesp Jason Wiles and Wm. Morris literary agent Joanne Roberts were married Nov. 16 in Lanai. He’s repped by the Gersh Agency and returned home from the honeymoon to start work on the “Kitchen Party” feature in Vancouver. … Valarie Pettiford, in her third year as Julie in “Show Boat,” inked with the Gold, Marshak Liedtke agency. … KABC Radio’s Michael Jackson celebrates his 30th anni with the station Thursday, b’casting from the Museum of TV and Radio in BevHills with surprise guests dropping in to offer congrats between 9 ayem and noon. … Hugh O’Brian’s Youth Foundation, Albert Schweitzer Leadership Awards will be given tonight at the BevHilton. The amazing O’Brian and his HOBY group (founded 38 years ago) this year present to Mickey Kantor, Kenneth Dickerson, Charles and Sue Young plus inspirational awards to Tommy Lasorda, Shannon Lucid and Mayim Bialik.
WOMEN IN SHOW BUSINESS For Children will pay tribute to Annette Funicello Feb. 15 at the BevWilshire. Co-chairs include Roy Disney, Frankie Avalon, Beverly Garland and Ed McMahon. The Mouseketeers will reunion. Funds raised will benefit the Annette Funicello Research Fund for Neurological Disease as well as WISB charities. … Meanwhile, and not to be confused, at Premiere mag’s Women in Hollywood Awards, Monday at the Four Seasons, a video was shown on “What’s Your Favorite Woman’s Role in Hollywood History?” with participants including Mel Gibson, Richard Donner, Joel Silver, Arnold Schwarzenegger, George Clooney, etc. guesting. Favorite women’s roles included “Audrey Hepburn in anything!” … The heart of showbiz: Sunday at the Improv, Fritz Coleman hosts a night of comedy to benefit the son of waiter Antonio Franco (who hasn’t missed a day’s work in 15 years) whose son was a drive-by shooting victim and who has been hospitalized since the senseless attack in June. Comics who will perform include: Jimmy Brogan, Dom Irrera, Drew Carey, Charles Fleischer, Jay Leno, Paul Rodriguez, Damon Wayans and other special guests who’ll help raise funds to defray the staggering medical costs. … Tony Danza will perform his new nitery act at the Center for Partially Sighted awards, “With a Little Help From Our Friends” Dec. 11 at the BevHilton. … Publicists Guild members led by President Ed Crane will staff the Children’s Bureau of So. Cal. Holiday Party Saturday at the Lemon Grove Park. … Praiser Julian Myers runs in Sunday’s Culver City Marathon. … Jack Nicholson gets his star in front of the Chinese, Wedneseday (4). … And A.J. Fenady and Monty Hall get their stars on Palm Springs Walk of Fame.